Thursday, November 22, 2007

A Not So Traditional Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone had a great and thankful day. We had lots of fun with my parents, brother, and a friend. We broke from the traditional and decided to have something different. My dad has gout which means he can eat no red meat. This means he eats a lot of turkey and chicken. We thought he might like something not so traditional and went with a pork roast, he can have pork occasionally, but never ham. Mom is pretty sure there is something in the curing spices that sets off the gout. Kroger had pork loins on sale for $1.99 a lb. so we went with that. I looked through all my cookbooks and did not find any recipes I particularly liked or, particularly, had the ingredients for. So, I got brave this morning and did my own thing. It came out pretty good and was super easy so I thought you might like it for special occasions or maybe even Christmas dinner.

Meriam's Pork Roast

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1 boneless pork loin (any size)
1 bulb garlic (you will only use about half, depending on size of roast)

Place pork loin on sheet of aluminum foil. Stab all over with a sharp knife. Peel garlic cloves and halve larger cloves. Insert a garlic clove segment into each hole. (You will use about 15 segments.) In a small bowl combine:

1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. chili powder
2 tsp. Pampered Chef Barbecue Rub and Seasoning
1 tsp thyme
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon

Mix well and then rub into pork loin. (Just dump it on pork loin and rub it all over.) Wrap tightly in foil. Roast for 30 minutes per pound. Remove from oven and let stand 30 minutes. Check temperature with a meat thermometer to make sure the roast is 160 internally. Slice and serve.

Hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Sorry about not posting as well as I wanted. Go back to the broccoli casserole day though and read the comments. My brother posted his absolutely amazing cheese cake recipes. The dark chocolate cheesecake is absolutely incredible!


Dan C said...

The meal was awesome. The pork roast was so tender and juicy, and putting the cinnamon apples on top was delicious.

A word to the wise, doubling the broccoli casserole recipe will probably feed 10 people and still have a little left over. Tripling the recipe will leave you with a lot left over. But that is good left overs.


PS Aiden said the cheesecake "Tastes like candy." We asked what kind of candy, and he said "chocolate".

Abigail said...

i just had to let you know...i asked you for your chili recipe a long time ago, because i knew i would want it this fall...well, since i live in florida, it's only just now begining to feel sorta like fall. so i suggested a chili cook off...and out of the 6 chili's, mine was overwhelmingly the favorite (only one person verbalized they liked a spicier chili more). I made a double recipe in hopes of having some to freeze for later, but i came home after lunch the next day to find the chili completely gone, 5 of my co-workers came home with my roomate to polish it off! it's was a hit! thank you meriam!

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It's really something new! i think it's a great idea to add something new and modern in this traditional and classic holiday!